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Next Meeting (via Zoom)

Sunday, February 5, presentation from 1:30-3:30 PM PDT, Ask the Experts/Schmoozing Corner starts at 1:10 PM

"The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research", Jonathan Brent

Jonathan Brent will speak about the history of the YIVO archival collections, the recovery of its materials after WW2, and the current digitization projects. He initiated The Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Online Collection Project in 2014, an international project to conserve and digitize all of YIVO's pre-WW II collections in New York City and Vilnius, Lithuania. In 2018, Brent initiated the development of the YIVO Bruce and Francesca Cernia Slovin Online Museum.

Speaker: Jonathan Brent became Executive Director and CEO of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in 2009. He is a historian, publisher, translator, writer, and teacher. In 2019, Jonathan Brent received the Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania by H.E. Dalia Grybauskaite, President of the Republic of Lithuania. For eighteen years (1991-2009) he was Humanities Senior Editor and then Editorial Director at Yale University Press where he established the Annals of Communism series. His books include Stalin's Last Crime (2003); and Inside the Stalin Archives (2008). Brent has translated poems of Joseph Brodsky and Vladimir Mayakovsky and teaches history and literature at Bard College. He is currently writing a study of Stalin's seizure of power, and finishing a novel. Brent lectures and publishes widely on Jewish, Soviet, and East European history.

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Jonathan Brent

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